6/22/2014 12:17 A.M. ET
Kinsler's homer stands after crew-chief review
By Alec Shirkey / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler's seventh-inning home run stood after a crew-chief review during Detroit's 5-4 win over Cleveland on Saturday night.
With one out and a one-run lead over the Tribe, Kinsler saw a 1-0 fastball from starting pitcher Trevor Bauer and belted it to the left-field wall. The ball bounced off the railing and back onto the field. It was initially ruled a home run. After approximately 44 seconds of review, the call stood, giving the Tigers a 4-2 lead.
The blast was Kinsler's eighth home run of the season and gave Detroit back-to-back home runs after outfielder Rajai Davis hit a solo shot in the previous at-bat. The play also chased Bauer, who ended the night charged with four runs on eight hits, including three homers, over 6 1/3 innings.
"I felt like I maintained my stuff all night," Bauer said. "I think the one that Kinsler hit was 96 [mph], so it wasn't a lack of stuff. It was a lack of execution."
The last time the Tigers had back-to-back homers from the 9 and 1 spots in the order was May 10, 2006 at Baltimore (Inge/Granderson).- Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) June 22, 2014
The last time the Tigers' lineup managed homers in consecutive at-bats was June 5, when Torii Hunter and Kinsler went back-to-back against the Red Sox.
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.